In this time of stress and confusion, I wanted to share a heartwarming story that was made possible by you, our customers. As I have said, one of our core missions is to help small farms grow, prosper and, if possible, convert to biodynamics. We just received word this week that Red Range Farm in Pennsylvania has received its official Demeter certification, meaning, it is now a recognized biodynamic farm.
My son Joe has been working with the farmers over the past year to help them get to this point, which includes not only the Demeter certification but also the ability to expand their growing capacity. Last year they grew the peppers for our Pepper Salt, and Threefold Blend (Spicy), and honey nut squash for our Winter Squash Powder. Their expanded growing capacity will allow them to be one of our primary growers as we continue our quest to have as many of our vegetables as possible sourced from small, biodynamic farms.
You have helped make this achievement possible. Through purchasing our powders, you have helped this farm flourish. For me, this outcome exemplifies the spirit of cooperation and renewal that will carry us forward in the creation of the new world that is emerging.
In health and gratitude,
Tom Cowan, M.D.
For many of us, our relationship to food is a never ending journey. Sometimes to move forward one finds themselves looking back. For bread and specifically the grains used to make it I find that the best results are indeed found in reflection. It is sometimes true that modern ingenuity has value for us, but that is usually only when paired with ancient wisdom. For grains, that wisdom is in the ancient varieties that have been grown for thousands of years.
During this time of relative uncertainty, we have decided to renew our commitment to gardening. Dr. Cowan’s Garden was originally a place, located in Napa Valley on a plot of land generously donated by a friend. It embodied our ideals and was a sanctuary for growth and learning.
The garden was our muse for new product offerings and for improving existing ones. The garden kept our ambitions grounded to certain fundamentals, as the practice of gardening can be challenging.